Pakistan wants Afghan action on Taliban cleric

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Posted: Oct 17, 2011 4:08 AM
Pakistan wants Afghan action on Taliban cleric

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan repeatedly urged Afghanistan and U.S-led forces there to go after notorious Taliban cleric Maulvi Fazlullah, whose fighters took part in cross-border raids that killed about 100 members of Pakistan's security forces in recent months, but no action was taken, an army spokesman said Monday.

"The problem refuses to go away," the Pakistani spokesman, Major-General Athar Abbas, told Reuters. The complaint could deepen tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan over cross-border attacks by militants on targets in both countries.

(Reporting by Qasim Nauman; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Robert Birsel)